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OSU Scores Nine Unanswered Runs To Defeat Baseball, 10-5
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 08, 2006
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            CORVALLIS, Ore. - The No. 14-ranked Oregon State baseball team scored nine unanswered runs over three innings to overcome a four-run Arizona lead in a 10-5 win at Coleman Field in Corvallis on Friday.


The Beavers scored two in the fifth, one in the sixth and six runs in the seventh to overcome a 5-1 UA lead and improve their record to 20-8 on the year and to 2-2 in the Pac-10. Arizona dropped to 13-15 overall and to 1-3 in the conference with the loss.


            The Wildcats seemingly had the game in hand after taking advantage of three hit batters by OSU starter Dallas Buck and a three-run double by Bill Rhinehart to score five runs in the top of the fifth, and had closer Mark Melancon on the mound with two outs in the bottom of the inning.


            However, the normally reliable Arizona right-hander had trouble finding home plate umpire Darrell Mason’s strike zone and surrendered a career-high seven runs on six hits over two innings of work. Melancon (3-3) was charged with his third loss of the season after issuing three walks and striking out only two.


            Trailing 5-4 after six and half innings, the Beavers exploded for six runs on five hits to take the lead for good in the bottom of the seventh. OSU sent 11 hitters to the plate in the frame and was paced by two-run singles by Shea McFeely and Cole Gillespie.


            Led by a bases-loaded double by Rhinehart in the top of fifth, the Wildcats overcame a 1-0 deficit with five runs on three hits in the inning.


Buck, who did not factor in the decision, was pulled from the game after allowing all five runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out only one and walked three in his shortest non-rain interrupted start of the year.


Arizona and Oregon State will meet up for the second game of the three-game series on Saturday at 1 p.m. Left-hander Brad Mills is the scheduled starter for the Wildcats. The game can heard live on the radio on 1290 AM, The Source.

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